THE LONGEST SERVING MONARCH

Blog: Max Dawson
September 10, 2015
You may have heard in the news that yesterday (September 9) Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-serving monarch. Until yesterday, Queen Victoria held that record. Queen Elizabeth has been on her throne for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. Victoria’s old mark was one day short of that.

The queen commented that “It is not a record to which I ever aspired.” But she has done very well in her tenure, especially considering that some earlier queens barely lasted a year or more. During the reign of Henry VIII, two of his queens lost their heads–literally.

While we wish Queen Elizabeth more years to come, she is only Britain’s longest serving monarch. She, however, is not the longest serving monarch of all time.

The coronation of King Jesus was announced on the Day of Pentecost (ca. 33 AD) in Acts 2:30-36. On that day Peter and the other apostles declared that Jesus was “exalted to the right of God” and had “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit.”

That promise was that which the Spirit had made to King David that “He would raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne.” The promise was made to David, but it was fulfilled in Jesus when he ascended back to heaven. God fulfilled His promise! All of the kingdom prophecies from the Old Testament that pointed to the Messiah’s reign were brought to their consummation in Acts 2.

King Jesus reigns!

He has continued to reign for almost 2,000 years. He will reign until He has put the final enemy under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death (1 Corinthians 15:25-26). At His second coming He will deliver the kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24).

No earthly monarch can ever compare with our King.

A FINAL WORD

In reading Acts 2:33 please don’t make the common mistake of thinking that Jesus received the Holy Spirit when He ascended back to heaven. If you want to talk about Jesus receiving the Spirit, point to His baptism–not His ascension (Matthew 3:16-17).

When Jesus returned to heaven, He received the “promise of the Holy Spirit.” That is, He received what the Spirit had promised in Old Testament prophecy. It was the promise of a kingdom reign. That’s what was promised. And that is what He received.

Correctly understood, Acts 2:22-36 is the most powerful argument in the Bible for defeating the false doctrine of premillennialism. That erroneous falsehood portrays Jesus as having failed to establish His kingdom when He came to earth the first time. That doctrine envisions that He will be successful on His second try.

Jesus doesn’t need a second go at it. He got it right the first time. Acts 2 proves that!

King Jesus reigns today!

I hope you are serving Him. If you are not, remember that our text teaches that there is coming a day when He will deal with His enemies. Don’t be in that number.

MAX